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Marine Industry Certified Dealership Benefits

The largest benefit of Certification is the results you will see in your business. According to the most recent data collected from the NMMA's CSI Program, Certified Dealerships had higher CSI scores than non-Certified. Also, data from the Baird/MRAA Dealer Pulse Reports indicates that Certified Dealers outperform non-Certified dealers in a number of areas, including annual revenue, new boat demand, new and used retail, inventory levels and access to credit. Read more
 
As a Certified Dealer, you also gain access to a host of exclusive benefits. To increase your ROI on program enrollment, we are continually building and strengthening partnerships throughout the marine industry to deliver tangible benefits for Certified Dealerships. REGISTER NOW!
 
Best Practices
Certified Dealers gain access to a compilation of industry best practices in an exclusive, 100-plus-page publication entitled "The Best Practices Navigator," which is housed in the MICD Portal.

CNA Insurance Benefits and Loss-Free Dividends
Marine Industry Certified Dealerships that have business insurance through CNA are eligible for extra discounts and participation in the Loss-Free Dividend Program for dealerships at the Five Star MICD level. Contact Mark Yearn at 810-360-0757 or markyearn@norman-spencer.com for more information.
 
Consumer Marketing

Achieving certified dealer status requires a commitment to going above and beyond standard requirements, and we have placed a renewed emphasis on educating potential buyers on the benefits of purchasing from a MICD team. In 2015, for example, the MICD Program partnered with Bonnier Corporation to launch a year-long consumer marketing campaign in Boating Magazine; elements included several custom emails to Boating Magazine subscribers, display advertising, custom content and a full-page color ad — all discussing the benefits of certified dealerships. 

CPYB Certification Discount
Sales personnel at Marine Industry Certified Dealerships are eligible to become Certified Professional Yacht Brokers at a total savings of $550 per applicant. For more information, contact CPYB program manager Colleen McDonough at 410-940-6349 or cmcdonough@thompsonmanagement.com.

Customer Assurance
A recent survey confirmed customers look for more than just a great deal; they look for assurance. Seventy-nine percent of respondents indicated that, given the same product and pricing, they would be more likely to purchase a boat from a Certified Dealership than from a non-Certified dealership.
 
Discover Boating Leads
Discover Boating allows your dealership to be a part of a strong and focused industry initiative and gives your business the opportunity to share in the benefits from our national advertising and outreach. As a Certified Dealer, your business not only has access to the Discover Boating Lead System, but more importantly your dealership is listed on DiscoverBoating.com in the Certified Dealers section, with a live link to your businesses website. When a consumer visits our site and clicks thru to yours, this action is called a ‘web referral’, which is like digital version of a recommendation. Our research shows that this is the preferred route of a consumer to discovering a dealer in their area and we have created a platform to make it easy for them to find you.  In fact, during the 2015 campaign year more than 140,000 consumers clicked through to dealer websites, to learn more about your dealership and the brands you carry – and we only expect that number to increase in the 2016 campaign year! Read more
 
Exclusive Ads and Content
As a Certified Dealer, you have access to a library of professionally designed materials available only to Certified Dealers. Visit the MICD Portal to access web ads, print ads, content, and more!


Exclusive Content
As a Certified Dealership, you have access to exclusive content, tools and benefits developed specifically for MICDs. We developed the MICD Portal to deliver the most up-to-date resources available for Certified Dealerships. To access these resources, visit mraa.com/MICDportal. The MICD Portal is tailored to your level of Certification. For example, once you complete Step 1 of the MICD program, you can access the Step 1 MICD toolkit and benefits. As you move through the program, your benefits and resources will continue to grow.

 
MICD Logos
Don't waste time getting the MICD logo on everything you produce: Dealership website, advertising of all types, company brochures, window clings plastered throughout the showroom and service area, and the shirts of salespeople on the dealership floor. Certified Dealerships can download logos from the MICD Portal.
 
MRAA Member Discount
MRAA members receive discounts on each step of the MICD program ($50 off each program step, $100 off the Fast Track and $50 off Recertification).
 
Manufacturer Support
Manufacturer support continues to grow for Certified Dealerships, ranging from co-op funds to reimbursement and more. Current supporters include Brunswick (Sea Ray and Boston Whaler), Nautic Global Group, Pursuit Boats, Regal and Tracker Marine Group.

NMMA Boat Show Recognition

All Marine Industry Certified Dealerships will be recognized at any NMMA boat show in which they participate. Certified Dealerships will also be recognized in show directories in shows that have 5 or more Marine Industry Certified Dealerships represented.

As an additional benefit, FIVE STAR MARINE INDUSTRY CERTIFIED DEALERS WILL RECEIVE 50 COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS, Step Two Certified Dealers will receive 25 tickets and Step One Certified Dealers will receive 10 tickets. In order to qualify for these complimentary tickets, you must either be a contracted exhibitor in the show(s) or a dealer working the show with your contracted manufacturer.  Once this information is confirmed, the tickets will be mailed to your attention automatically prior to the show opening .

Sales Tips
As a Certified Dealer, you gain access to an exclusive list of sales tips designed for Certified Dealers. Already Certified? Sign on to the MICD Portal to download Five Tips to Help Boost Sales Through the MICD Promotion.

Trade and Consumer Press Releases
Once you have become Certified, let people know! The MICD Portal houses customizable press release templates.